I find myself doodling around the Internet and spending money at the moment. Maybe I should stop and do something non-spendy… like blog!!
I’m doing okay diet wise. Have lost three of the four pounds I gained over those two trips I took earlier this month. We have to leave Sunday for a three-day conference. I have a new shipment of Boomibars and Larabars (thanks for the tip on those Kristen!) to take along in case I encounter a BTD wasteland somewhere along the way. There are so many temptations out there, even for this veteran BTD-er! I don’t think I’ll ever get totally uninterested in avoids. It’s just not in my nature. And trips away from home make me want to let my guard down. Of course, I’ve had enough experience in Avoidville to know the consequences of my choices. It will be an adventure anyway.
I’ve let some of my exercise lapse a bit. I’m still doing Pilates 2 – 3 times a week. And I try to get to Yoga at least once a week. It’s the aerobic part that has been lagging. I get going on it, then my hip acts up, and I don’t feel like it. The physical therapist and acupuncturist haven’t been able to fix it up yet. I keep hoping. I have lots of home strengthening exercises that have been prescribed by the PT. And I do them quite regularly. There just hasn’t been much pain relief yet. Anyway, I got on the recumbent bike and treadmill on Sunday. And today I went for a long walk in the warm Spring sunshine. Lots of stretching after the walk, and so far things are okay. Tomorrow is mat class.
Tomorrow night daughter and I are going to see STOMP! Yeah!
I’ve been too long away from my blogging duties. As an excuse, I have had two trips out of town since I last wrote.
The first trip was flying back east to visit family. My mother is 89 and needs a visit from me at least twice a year. It was good to see her. But she is changing pretty fast, which is hard to watch. Food wise, I ate too much wheat on the trip. It was everywhere. And family members served pork, corn, processed mixes…you name it. It was a diet disaster and I succumbed to most of it.
The second trip was this past weekend. It was the annual regional barbershop competition in Spokane. It is my favorite weekend of the year. Hundreds of middle-aged women in one hotel singing and partying. Everything about the weekend is pure escapism from real life. It’s a hoot. I actually made mostly good eating choices this time. I made sure that on Friday that I did not touch wheat or any other avoids that would hinder my voice. We competed on Saturday. Our chorus made fourth place, which wasn’t too shabby. We were third last year. After the competition, I found I had no desire for avoids at dinner and ordered beer, onion soup and spinach salad. I’m sure there were some avoid ingredients involved, but not as many as there could have been had I chosen a hamburger and fries, or whatever.
I obviously have been eating too much. After these two trips I am up four pounds. And nothing has budged from strict diet adherence over the past two days. I’ve got another trip scheduled in two weeks. Hopefully I can be good until then.
It’s so much fun to read about my fellow bloggers. I’m really excited about Melissa’s pregnancy. It’s going to be a great trip to follow. I appreciate Suzanne’s profound spirituality. She truly lives her faith every single day. I love Erika’s antics. Reading her youthful exuberance makes me chuckle. On the other hand, Jim’s youthful extremism scares this middle-aged soul a bit. But, then again, I remember being that age and being just as dogged about certain things and ideas. I can’t comment on all the bloggers….it would start sounding a bit trite. But, I love them all and feel each one is a bit of a friend.
I had the most amazing meal I’ve had in ages at an Italian restaurant last night. I had eaten at this place before, but under a different owner. This new guy really knows how to put flavors together. My girlfriend and I met there for dinner before going to the theater. We split a calimari appetizer and the halibut special. There were definitely some avoids in the meal. There were kalamata olives in the halibut sauce. There was wheat in the pasta side dish. But the vegetables were cooked perfectly. There were a couple of squashes, carrot, broccoli and pepper. Each vegetable was cooked to it’s own al dente goodness. I could have eaten a whole plate of them. A couple of glasses of beneficial chianti rounded off the meal. The theater was good, too. It was a play about a quirky family during the WWII years. There were a couple of love themes, a political bent and other threads running through the story. It was absorbing enough, but a little long. It lasted three hours.
We don’t do much as a family on Easter. In fact, my husband seems to be totally oblivious to it. He couldn’t understand why the grocery store was so crowded when we stopped by this afternoon. I will be attending a three-hour yoga workshop specifically targeting shoulder therapy tomorrow afternoon. I’m really excited about it. There will be no chocolate bunnies or hard-boiled eggs, but I’m sure I’ll get a lot out of the class. Anything to get this problem licked!
Ah, the weather has been a bit more typical for the Northwest. It’s been raining, and today has been one long windstorm. There are branches littered all over the yard. One big one hit the side of the house earlier. I’m glad it didn’t hit a window. It was loud.
Fixed some scrambled eggs with feta and hot sauce for breakfast after my workout. I’ll be making a pot of green tea soon to enjoy while watching a movie I saved to Tivo some time ago. Hopefully I can watch it all the way through. But, if not, I can finish it any time. There also is a lot of golf recorded, too. And that’s what hubby and I tend to watch when we are together. It’s something we can both enjoy.
Dinner tonight will be marinated flank steak and salad. I think I heard hubby say he’s using chicken broth in the marinade. G-r-r-r. We must have run out of vegetable broth. I’ll have to be sure to get some more in the house. I really try to be compliant in all the meals I eat at home. There are so many avoids out there in the real world.
Yesterday the barbershop chorus had an all day singing workshop with an outside coach coming in to help with final preparations for our competition in April. It was grueling work, but very satisfying. Lunch was potluck and full of avoids. Luckily there were a lot of salads, so I was able to steer clear of most of the wheat. Except at the end when I ate two cookies. They were home made. I had to.
Sometimes you just have to.
I must have Spring fever. I feel lazy and unmotivated. I just want to sit in the sunshine and soak up the heat. The weather has been phenomenally unseasonable in its warmth and dryness. We have hardly had a bit of rain these past two months. The hardest part about all this good weather is staying away from the golf course. If I was properly healed and my shoulder was healthy, I would be out playing or at least practicing several times a week. But, I’m trying to be good and I’m doing my shoulder and hip exercises at home to keep strengthening and stretching the hurt parts. I am keeping up with the Pilates and yoga workouts. I’ve been a bit lazy about the aerobic machines. I really must force myself in there at least twice a week if I’m not going to be playing golf. (Go, Linda – Go!!)
I’m on a two-week plan to make sure I eat proportionally while following the BTD. I’m going back east to visit family in two weeks. I want to leave a little room for the avoids that I know will come my way and want to add a pound or two. I’m on day two. So far, so good. It’s the last two hours of the day that get me the worst. Maybe if I go to bed at 8:00 PM I can avoid the temptations……Uh-oh, that’s only 45 minutes away. I won’t make it. Guess I’ll just have to use will power and a cup of herbal tea.
Good luck in YOUR endeavors to Eat and Live Right!